Ex-Barcelona star Iniesta vows to play on after surgery

TOKYO (AFP) – Former Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has promised his glittering career won’t be cut short by the thigh injury that has left him facing four months on the sidelines.

The World Cup-winning Spanish midfielder, 36, said he planned to be back for his Japanese club Vissel Kobe next season after undergoing surgery in Barcelona on a ruptured tendon.

Iniesta suffered the injury in the knockout stages of the Asian Champions League, where he helped Vissel reach the semi-finals before they were knocked out on Sunday.

“The surgery has been a success and I am feeling very well,” Iniesta said in a statement posted on Twitter, with a photo of himself giving the thumbs-up from his hospital bed.

Andres Iniesta was injured and substituted during Vissel’s round-of-16 victory over China’s Shanghai SIPG in Doha. PHOTO: AFP